Pech Marty

Lot-et-Garonne

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Open plan kitchen/dining room (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with doors to terrace. Living room (TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock, selection of CDs and DVDs, WiFi) with door to rear terrace. Cloakroom. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (separate shower). Utility room (washing machine). Heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Double bedroom (sloping ceiling). Twin bedroom (sloping ceiling). Shower room (accessed from both bedrooms).
  • Outside: Fenced garden comprising lawn and terrace with pergola. Further extensive grounds of fields, trees, the ruins of a 17th century priest's house, and a small lake (unfenced). Table tennis. Badminton net. Boules equipment. Covered terrace. Barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private enclosed heated* swimming pool (10m x 5m) with Roman steps.

A sparkling retreat which offers something for everyone, Pech Marty will delight all who stay there. Set in spacious grounds with views over the surrounding countryside towards the 'bastide' town of Monflanquin, this lovely stone building has been sympathetically restored to become a most relaxing and comfortable 'home from home'.

As you arrive, you are greeted with a profusion of colour and greenery from the wonderful variety of trees, plants, flowers and orchard that fill the grounds, which have been thoughtfully designed to accommodate everyone's needs.

Families with small children will appreciate the enclosed garden (with terrace and pergola) at the front of the house, early risers will enjoy breakfast on the rear terrace whilst those seeking some peace and quiet can relax in the coppice of trees at the far end. And, of course, the essential private swimming pool has not been forgotten: gated and enclosed, it is positioned to capture the panoramic views that surround the property.

Decorated with flair and imagination, the interior combines restful cosiness with real charm. Looking out over the enclosed garden, the open plan dining room/kitchen is equipped for all self catering needs. An antique door opens into the comfortably furnished living room, where colourful paintings and artefacts decorate the walls. Three pretty bedrooms and two bathrooms complete the picture.

Monflanquin (7km) offers all amenities from a large supermarket, bakeries and shops to a range of restaurants and bars. Standing like a beacon on a hilltop, it is well worth a visit as it is accepted as being one of the best examples of 'bastide' town layout, conforming as it does to the plan of a main square from which streets run at right angles.

The other prerequisite of a 'bastide' is that a market takes place, and this still does, on a Thursday, in the Place des Arcades. Head up to the square beyond the church and you will be rewarded with magnificent views to the north over crops of immaculately ordered vines, cereals and, in season, a dazzling yellow uproar of sunflower fields.

  • * The pool can be heated (payable locally) - please request in advance.
  • 2020: Please note that the dates 25th July - 8th August 2020 and 8th August - 22nd August 2020 are restricted to two week durations only.

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Great Things to Do Near Pech Marty

Wander down to the pond,

sit under the trees in the shade and watch the wildlife go about their daily business - frogs, fish, dragonflies........there is so much to see.

Take a glass of chilled local wine from the fridge

and sit on the front terrace at sunset to watch the sun slowly sinking behind the beautiful bastide town of Monflanquin.

Thursday morning is the time to visit Monflanquin

as this is when the market takes place - stalls are set out in the main square with its arcades, laden with local produce. Have lunch on the terrace of one of the 6 restaurants on the square (9 in total in the village)

In July and August, many of the local villages hold evening markets

with local produce and then a communal meal with everyone joining in. Try the ones in Montagnac on Fridays, Monflanquin on Thursdays and Salles (both 6km), etc. There are, of course, morning markets too, in most of the villages around Pech Marty.

Take the children to the Parc-en-Ciel

in Lacapelle-Biron (13km) - 14 hectares of trees and fields where you will find mini golf, a farm of baby animals, a snail museum, and an adventure playground through the trees with different courses depending on the age of the children.

Golfers will love the 18 hole course at Castelnau-de-Gratecambe

near Villeneuve-sur-Lot (21km by way of the country roads) or the fantastic golf at the Chateau des Vigiers Monestier (an hour's drive) with a spa, pool and beautician.

Canoeing in Puy l'Evêque

About 30mins away at the bottom of the picturesque village in the Lot called Puy l'Evêque, set in the middle of the Cahors vines, you can book a canoe and row on the lovely river Lot

A boat trip on the river Lot,

starting in Fumel (16km) is a lovely way to while away a couple of hours. While you are in the area, why not visit the fabulous fortress of Bonaguil only 7 ½ km further on? Afterwards, have coffee or lunch at the little restaurant/café at the foot of the chateau.

Visit the vineyards around Puy l'Eveque (30km)

and try the Cahors wine. You will see many 'caves' selling the wine and most will offer the chance to taste it first. Don't forget to stop in the little villages en route as well - there are many dotted along the River Lot down to Cahors (65km). You can also book a tour on http://www.malbecwinetour.com/

Spend a day visiting the Châteaux of the Dordogne,

to the north of Pech Marty. Beynac, Castelnaud and its war museum, Marqueyssac's box garden are all open to the public and worth a look around - around an hour's drive to get there. Why not also include a wander around the picturesque town of Sarlat in the same area?

For a fun day out for the children,

take them to the Walibi Fun Park in Roquefort near Agen (52km) - water rides, tropical forest, corkscrew and pirate boat rides, and an 18th Century Castle, there is something to keep all children amused.

Tour the bastide towns in the area, from Monpazier to Penne d'Agenais.

They are all based on the same layout of a main square, often arcaded, with streets leading off it, but they are all different!

Two chateaux which are in easy driving distance

are Chateau de Bonaguil & Chateau de Biron (18km)- good examples of architecture between the XIIth & XIXth centuries.

The village of Gavaudun

(after Montagnac in the Fumel direction - 6km) has much to offer - from archery and climbing to mountain bike trips and speleology, as well as a beautiful 'donjon' ruin from a XIIth century chateau perched over the village and an excellent restaurant 'Le Café'

Wander the 'brocante' markets

which take place once a month between April to September in Monflanquin, as well as an antique market on the 14th July. The village of Issigeac, to the west, holds an antique market at the beginning of August and there are flea markets most weekends in the area. See if you can pick up a bargain!

Monflanquin is also home to many painters and artists,

many of whom offer short courses for those interested. Ask at the tourist office for more details.

There are two horse riding clubs near Monflanquin,

as well as an archery club and 4 tennis courts - plenty of scope for things to do!

If you feel the need to relax even more,

visit the hammam, heated pool and sauna in Monflanquin.

If the weather is too wet or too hot for you,

spend a couple of hours on a guided tour in one of the many caves found in the area. In the Lot-et-Garonne, there are the 'Grottes de Fontirou'; in the Lot, there is the 'Gouffre de Padirac'; and in the Dordogne 'Gouffre de Proumeyssac', to name but a few.

Head westwards towards Bergerac and Bordeaux for a wine trip

around the famous vineyards such as Buzet, Duras, Bordeaux, Bergerac, St Emilion.. Most will offer tastings in their 'cave' but don't forget to name one designated driver!

Nearby

Towns

Monflanquin 10 mins
Fumel 20 mins
Villeréal 20 mins
Villeneuve-sur-Lot 25 mins
Villefranche-du-Périgord 35 mins
Agen 55 mins

Airports

Bergerac 45 mins
Toulouse 120 mins
Bordeaux 130 mins
Carcassonne 180 mins
Pau 195 mins
Rodez 195 mins
Times are approximate

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